4/25 Ups & Downs
Alleged FEC violations and plagiarism, a big newspaper endorsement and a new ad entertained us this week. See who all made the list.
Allyson Schwartz. The Congresswoman scored extensive earned media this week after she unveiled her new ad on MSNBC, touting her unequivocal support of the Affordable Care Act. She doubled down on this support in a press call, questioning where her opponent Tom Wolf stood on the landmark health care legislation. The move will likely help her in the primary where Democratic voters still support the law.
Marjorie Margolies. When the FEC investigates your campaign finances, it is a bad week. PA-13 opponent Daylin Leach filed a complaint with the FEC regarding Margolies’ spending, specifically that she knowingly and repeatedly spent general election funds during the first quarter of the year. While this won’t throw her off of the ballot, she likely won’t fare well in the court of public opinion and the FEC could fine her after an investigation.
Kevin Strouse. This Democratic hopeful in PA-8 started his television ad campaign this week with a cute spot featuring his family, his military history, humor and even a little bit of substance jam packed into 30 seconds. His opponent, Shaughnessy Naughton, has yet to give any indication of when she will join him on the airwaves, so this may give Strouse a bit of a bump less than four weeks until the primary.
Tom Wolf. His opponents on both sides of the aisle have been after him for weeks now, and this week, one may have found something that stuck. Schwartz’s campaign sent a press release detailing the passage from Wolf’s Fresh Start plan that was plagiarized from the policy of an engineering firm, Johnson Controls, Inc.. Wolf issued a statement of apology, assured people that it wouldn’t happen again and terminated the person responsible.
Erin Molchany. The freshman State Rep. is locked in a primary battle with fellow Democratic incumbent Rep. Harry Readshaw and she got a few serious boosts this week. Keystone Progress is running an ad to promote her bid, Readshaw got scolded for running a misleading ad and then the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed her.
Kathleen Kane. Every time we think that the scandal out of the failed Philadelphia sting operation has ended, we learn more details. You may remember several weeks ago when Kane nearly dared Philadelphia DA Seth Williams to take and prosecute the case if it was as solid as he thought it was. Williams accepted her offer, but now Kane refused to turn over the documents. Looks like Williams called her bluff.
Tweet of the week goes to Keystone Politics for this sassy gem.
“If Tom Wolf loves Obamacare so much, why doesn’t he marry it? I will” – Allyson Schwartz, probably
— Keystone Politics (@keystonepol) April 23, 2014